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Functionality or Simplicity?

October 25, 2013 — Eric Böhnisch-Volkmann

With iWork ‘13 Apple consequently follows the paradigm of “simplicity over functionality”. Pages, Numbers, and Keynote come with a renovated user interface but also a reduced set of functionality. AppleScript support has been removed entirely. It seems that the idea behind this move is to bring the Mac, iOS, and web variants of the iWork apps to the same level — unfortunately the lowest denominator.

DEVONthink, DEVONagent, and our apps are all about functionality (don’t mistake “functionality” with “featuritis”). Sometimes this comes at a price, e.g. a steeper learning curve than those of other, simpler solutions. What do you think trumps: simplicity or functionality?